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Top 10 Film Scores of 2012

One of the joys of compiling a year-end list is revisiting film scores that I may have forgotten. With so many scores released over the last 12 months, it’s easy for one or more to slip through the cracks. As usual, some scores that I was sure would make my list didn’t. By all rights, Nick… More

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9 Favorite Presidential Film Scores

For all our real-time fascination with the Presidency, audiences usually show very little interest in cinematic portrayals of the Commander in Chief. Perhaps because we have either lived through the period and don’t want to watch it all play out again onscreen, or maybe the era is so far removed that we just don’t care…. More

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9 Favorite Film Composers

As I approach my 50th birthday on the 19th, I’ve naturally been taking stock of my life so far and looking back at the good, bad and the ugly over my first half century. Arguably the most consistent element among the ups and downs is my love of film music. So, in a purely selfish… More

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Top 10 Film Scores of 2011

Film Score Click Track readers have had their say, now it’s my turn. I wonder if I’ll look back ten years from now and see 2011 as a turning point in my film music development. This past year, I found myself listening in different ways, with my attention captured by details and intricacies beyond the… More

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Readers Poll: Top 10 Film Scores of 2011

2011…what a year in film music! Patrick Doyle took his music in “new” directions. Alexandre Desplat found his music subject to severe dissections. And two more John Williams scores were added to our collections. All three of these composers not surprisingly made the list of this year’s Readers Poll. Thanks to everyone who participated in… More

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CD Review: The Tree of Life

I’ve held off posting a review of Alexandre Desplat‘s score for THE TREE OF LIFE until I had a chance to see how it fit within the film. Little did I know I could have saved myself the time and torture of sitting through Terrence Malick’s latest piece of cinematic pretension and posted the review… More

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Top 10 Film Scores of 2010

Like many film music fans, I tend to lament the current state of film scoring. And then a year-end Top 10 list helps me refocus and appreciate the work that many composers are contributing to the art form. Sure, there’s still plenty of mediocrity and crap being written, often through no fault of the composer,… More

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CD Review: The King’s Speech

As a longtime Oscar junkie, I live for the end of the year and the glut of Oscar bait that floods the multiplexes. The bait is no indication of quality but it usually means a step or two up from the mindless drivel of summer that is released through much of the rest of the… More